Treating the water in a container pond:
- Use rainwater for your container pond. Tap water contains various additions dependent on where you are in the Country – including chlorine or chloramines which need to be reduced before the plants are added.
- Or use Chlorine Guard which is an eco-friendly liquid treatment of the chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals that can be found in tap water that are harmful to plants, fish and wildlife.
- Chlorine Guard should be used every time you top up your pond with tapwater throughout the season.
- Include sufficient oxygenating plants in your planting scheme for the size of the container pond so the water will remain fresh and not turn stagnant.
Inhibit algae growth:
- Extract of Barleystraw added throughout the Spring and Summer will help inhibit algae growth.
- Use Extract of Barleystraw – the concentrated liquid form of the barleystraw control that has been used in ponds for many years.
- Use the Extract of Barleystraw before any problem is visible – prevention is better than cure so from 1st March onwards.
- One 250ml bottle should last one season if you dose with 10ml fortnightly in Spring and Autumn and weekly in Summer when the water is warmest.
- Stop adding Extract of Barleystraw when the clocks change again in October.